Green Island's Lyn Rance. Photo by Linda Robertson.
It was Lyn Rance's year. She was named the Bowls Dunedin
women's bowler of the year for last summer.
Rance, who has played bowls for the last 22 years, won the
annual award with 26 points from Carolyn Crawford (St Clair)
18 and Janet Swallow (Taieri) and Carolyn West (Forbury Park)
It was the second time she has won the supreme award for
women's bowls in the Dunedin centre. She also won in 2007.
Rance won the Millie Khan Memorial Trophy and this was
special to her because her best performance at the New
Zealand championships was in 2002 when she was in Mata
McEwan's Composite four that was beaten by Millie Khan.
''I also played against Millie in my third year of bowls so
it made it very special to win a trophy that her family had
donated,'' Rance said.
''She was a beautiful person and lovely to play against.''
Last season Rance won the open triples and open fours and has
now won 19 Bowls Dunedin titles and is fourth on the Dunedin
She was also runner-up in the open singles and the champion
of champions triples.
Rance skipped the Green Island team that won the open triples
when team mate Margaret Hoad won her fifth title and gold
There was also some milestones when Green Island won the
champion of champions fours because it gave Gaynor Todd her
first centre title and Diane Jackson's first in the Dunedin
Rance won her first centre title in the open pairs in 1995
and her fifth title and gold star in the same event in 2001.
Faye Cosgrove was her partner both times.
The fifth title was special because she joined her mother
Phyl Reynolds as the only mother and daughter to win gold
stars in Dunedin bowls.
''Mum was at the green watching us when we got it. It was a
very emotional time. It was lovely ,'' Rance said.
Bowls New Zealand silver awards for winning five national
titles were presented to Robbie Thomson (Fairfield) and Ken
Walker (Taieri) at the Bowls Dunedin awards night at the
The Ballard Brooch was presented to the Taieri women's fours
team of Beth Williams, Jean Young, Raelene Walshaw and Jan
Robert Gibson (Taieri) was named the Bowls Dunedin green
keeper of the year.
• Lyn Rance
• Club: Green Island
• Started bowls: Outdoor 1992. Indoor 1989.
• Dunedin Bowler of the Year 2007 and 2014.
• Centre titles: Bowls Dunedin outdoor titles (19),
Otago Centre small indoor bowls (14).